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Macedonian Press Agency: Brief News in English, 98-03-17
From: The Macedonian Press Agency at http://www.mpa.gr and http://www.hri.org/MPA.
BRIEF GREEK NEWS BULLETIN BY THE MACEDONIAN PRESS AGENCY
Thessaloniki, March 17, 1998
NEWS IN DETAIL
 THE GREEK PRIME MINISTER TO MEET WITH CZECH PRESIDENT TODAY
Prague, March 17 (MPA)Greek Prime Minister Kostas Simitis, currently on a three- day, official visit to the Czech Republic, is to be received today by the Czech President Vaclav Havel.
In his talks yesterday with his Czech counterpart Joseph Tosovski, the Greek Premier discussed Greece’s relations with the Czech Republic, the Cyprus issue, Cyprus’ EU accession negotiations and the Greek-Turkish issues.
After the meeting, the two prime ministers gave a joint press conference. On the occasion of the talks for the Czech Republic’s accession into the EU, that are scheduled to open in two weeks, prime minister Simitis referred to Cyprus’ accession negotiations saying that no one has formally linked Cyprus’ accession with the solution of the problem, because this would have been unacceptable and would have turned Cyprus into a hostage of Turkey.
 GREEK FM COMMENTS ON CYPRUS’S ACCESSION COURSE TO THE EU
London, March 17 (MPA)Greece’s Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos said yesterday that Cyprus would be the first candidate member to complete negotiations for entry to the European Union as it fulfilled all necessary criteria.
Addressing the Royal Institute of International Affairs on Greek foreign policy, held within the framework of "Greece in Britain" events, Mr. Pangalos also referred to Greece’s participation in the Economic and Monetary Union, which he characterized as being at the heart of Greece’s foreign and economic policy.
"We believe that Europe's monetary union will lead our continent to a new era of prosperity and progress, and that the Euro will represent Europe's economic strength, which will be able to impose its views worldwide," he added.
 RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTER TRAVELS TO BELGRADE TO MEET WITH MILOSEVIC
Moscow, March 17 (MPA)Russia’s Foreign Minister Yevgeni Primakov is expected in Belgrade today where he will be received by Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic. The two men are expected to discuss the Kossovo crisis.
Meanwhile, the United States are threatening with new sanctions imposed on Yugoslavia if the crisis is not defused.
 BRITISH TRADE MISSIONS ARRIVE IN ATHENS TODAY
Athens, March 17 (MPA)Two trade missions from Great Britain are to arrive in Athens today for a two-day visit.
One delegation of over 26 companies plans to demonstrate specialist equipment for airport services and equipment produced in the UK, while the second will arrive from Iraklion, Crete, bringing a mini-exhibition of products and services in contract furnishings for hotels and tourist resorts.
 TAIWAN TO SEND TRADE MISSION TO GREECE TOMORROW
Athens, March 17 (MPA)Taiwan's Council for External Trade and Development (CETPA) is sending a trade mission to Greece tomorrow to boost economic ties between the two countries.
The delegation sent by CETPA, a non-profit organization, comprises 31 Taiwanese companies from a wide range of sectors. The group will stay until March 22 while an exhibition of their products will be held on March 10 at the Athens Hilton.
Trade between Greece and Taiwan fell by 4.2 percent in 1997 to 187 million dollars from 195.1 million in 1996, according to CETPA statistics. Greek imports from Taiwan dropped by 39.3 percent to 17 million dollars last year from 28 million in 1996, while Greek exports to Taiwan rose by 1.7 percent to 170 million dollars from 167.1 million in 1996.
 US SECRETARY OF STATE SPEAKS TO RUSSIAN COUNTERPART
Washington, March 17 (MPA)The United States Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has contacted her Russian counterpart Yevgeni Primakov prior to the latter’s departure for Belgrade, in order to convince him to adopt a tough stance towards Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic.
State Department spokesperson James Rubin stated that Ms. Albright is confident Mr. Primakov will get across the message we hope he will.”
Moreover, Mr. Rubin confirmed that Ms. Albright will travel to Bonn on March 25 in order to meet with the other members of the contact group.
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